The historian tells you what happened.

     The novelist will tell you what it felt like.

                                        -E.L. Doctorow

Alison's Newsletter on Writing & Publishing

Alison Taylor-BrownAcross oceans and centuries, my novels follow characters changed by events as drastic as a plague or as small as a thought. I love history, especially those periods, like the sixteenth century, that changed man’s entire way of thinking. I’ve spent years understanding this era, and my novel Line of Ascent is about a man and a woman caught in history’s grip.

My stories are important, but so are yours. I founded the Village Writing School to teach people how to write their stories in the most engaging way. When I’m speaking at a conference on the power of words or teaching a workshop on subtext, I’m thinking how important some of the stories in that audience may be.

Beyond writing and teaching, I try to be a good person because the greatest act of creation is to fashion a beautiful life.

An Editor!

If you follow me on FaceBook, you know I recently went to Boston to meet with an editor. I promised to document my writing journey in this blog—complete with rejections—so here’s the story. I got rejected again. (But it’s not all bad–read on.)... read more

The Empowerment of Defeat

To the right is a picture of a young woman. She is thirty years old, and, as you can tell by her expression, she is utterly pleased with her life. She is doing the thing she has wanted to do since she was a little girl. She has become a writer. Her book has been... read more

Research Can Get You a Laurel

This week I’m answering some questions that have come in about my trip to North Carolina. What on earth could be worth driving three days one way? Sometimes, we get the idea to write about someone or something but we don’t see the story. The 13th-century... read more